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Scurvy identified in the emergency department: a case report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11604276     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Scurvy, caused by a lack of Vitamin C in the diet, is thought to occur only sporadically in developed countries. The signs and symptoms are diverse but generally follow a predictable progression most striking for their hemorrhagic component, particularly of the skin, gums, and joints. We report a case of scurvy in an elderly, alcoholic woman. The diagnosis was contemplated based on dermatologic findings and a dietary history. All symptoms resolved within 10 days of oral ascorbic acid supplementation. Patients most at risk for developing scurvy include food faddists, the isolated elderly, and the mentally ill.
R Stephen; T Utecht
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of emergency medicine     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0736-4679     ISO Abbreviation:  J Emerg Med     Publication Date:  2001 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-10-17     Completed Date:  2001-12-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8412174     Medline TA:  J Emerg Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  235-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Service, Hospital
Scurvy / diagnosis*,  therapy

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